Given the choice, most of us would probably want wins at home to Norwich and then away at Cardiff and Everton if, somehow, that could be the trade-off for going out of the league cup as honourably as possible when Chelsea return to the Stadium of Light.
But there may be the odd romantic out there who just wants to see us perform the rare feat of completing a run to Wembley, come what may in the league.
I am firmly in the first camp, difficult as each game makes it to cling to hope of survival.
But wherever you find yourselves on cup versus league, have a go at guessing the score. The one that matters is the score at the end of full time, including stoppage and any extra time. But by all means say how you think a penalty shoot-out would go.
Having said that, it’s just for fun so perhaps rules are unnecessary. But with the FA Cup looming, starting with one of those home banker/banana skin ties (Carlisle at home), I’d be interested to hear what others think about the priorities – assuming we haven’t all quite abandoned hope of fighting our way out of the bottom three.
Catch the SAFC v Chelsea “Who are You?”: Jozy’s sheep, Blue donkeys, offside police horses and Nitwits
Salut! Sunderland: I believe you have vivid memories of a Milk Cup game between our sides at Stamford Bridge at which hard-of-thinking home fans decided a pitch invasion might be a good idea.
David Millward: Salut has still refused to accept that the police horses were interfering with play when Sunderland scored. I remember the atmosphere being evil even before kick off with the police clashing with Chelsea fans entering the ground. “We are not the f******” miners” was the response from the assembled throng as they made their way into The Shrine. Just before I left the UK, I was given a VIP reception at Chelsea, where I met Clive Walker whose memories of the encounter are vivid. The nicest surprise was not only was he once a great footballer but, as I discovered, an engaging and intelligent man who was delightful company.